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Trans Activism and "Gender Affirmation" is Breaking Our Kids

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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 08:53 AM
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"Gender affirmation" is the currently recommended treatment course for kids presenting as gender dysphoric: In other words, play along... and give the kid puberty blockers to artificially stop natural biological growth and development, then cross-hormone treatment, and possibly surgical reconstruction to one extent or another. All of which have permanent life-altering and potentially debilitating effects. But we are being gaslighted to believe that it is their best and only hope.

I've had a tough time trying to figure out how to write this, how to approach the issues involved, what to focus on, etc. And the truth is, there are many factors worthy of their own thread and focus, but I couldn't pick just one, so I'm approaching it from the "big picture" angle. And in that big picture, we are breaking our kids literally beyond all repair. Pretty much every established longstanding tried-and-true fundamental medical ethic and guiding principle is being trampled and stomped upon to the lifelong detriment of our kids. So that will be my focus.

First, do no harm
Or, primum non nocere. This very basic principle goes all the way back to Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine," and the Hippocratic Oath. The list of harm being done to kids (and adults) is endless; but we can suffice it to say that chemical and/or surgical castration, as well as female genital mutilation, is doing harm. Irreversible, irreparable, lifelong harm.

Endocrinologists and other medical professionals have met with much pushback and threats if they bring up their very real concerns about the current "gender affirming" approach to treatment for children.

Up to now, trans activists have been extremely successful in intimidating endocrinologists who find the lack of concern about the effects of puberty blockers and crossover hormones disturbing.

They are amazed at how quickly their freedom to speak up on this issue has been quelled. One of my endocrinologist friends has told me quite frankly that he would be in danger of losing his hospital appointment if he advised parents of a trans-presenting child to seek a period of therapeutic assessment before moving on to puberty blockers.

Endocrinologists warn against hormone treatment for childhood gender dysphoria

One group of medical professionals have even presented their concerns in court:

Medical professionals who study youth psychology and treat gender-confused youth are sounding the alarm about court rulings that they claim put transgender ideology ahead of “sound science” and the law.

The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief on their behalf just after Christmas, in a K-12 bathroom case being appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

‘Gender-affi rming’ treatment for confused children has no scientific basis, medical experts warn court

You can read their brief here.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it
This one is part and parcel of the "First, do no harm" principle -- obviously! -- but needs to be addressed in this particular context, especially in order to differentiate between actual intersex persons, who have biological medical issues which require treatment, as opposed to people with perfectly functioning bodies, but mental and/or emotional issues regarding their bodies/sex.

"Gender affirming" medical treatment necessarily includes the chemical and/or surgical cessation, alteration, and/or removal of functioning body parts, with no guaranteed benefit, but almost guaranteed detriment. All in an effort to "fix" what isn't "broken."

Differential/secondary diagnoses
Not surprisingly, a large proportion of the transgender community has other diagnosed mental/emotional issues. A 2014 study put the number at 62.7%: Psychiatric Axis I Comorbidities among Patients with Gender Dysphoria.

But the current "gender affirming" medical approach to treatment virtually ignores other such issues, and pushes ahead with "gender affirming" treatment.... treatment that will NO DOUBT result in infertility and a host of other medical issues if continued long enough. And "long enough" is a relative term depending on the victim's -- oops! I mean patient, of course -- individual response to these chemicals. That's exactly the point with kids: to stop their puberty and sexual development.

A very permanent "solution" for what is probably a temporary condition. There is some debate about the actual desistance rate among kids claiming to be transgender, but what does seem certain is that the majority of these kids will "grow out of it" if left alone, but if puberty blockers are given then they will almost certainly continue to feel "transgender." The puberty blockers may very well be locking these kids into their gender dysphoria. Cognitive development is part of puberty, and these drugs blocking puberty have been shown to also retard cognitive development -- by as much as 10 IQ points!

The Controversial Research on 'Desistance' in Transgender Youth

Many "Trans Regretters" have realized that the gender dysphoria was actually secondary to other issues -- such as PTSD or clinical depression -- and transitioning was never going to solve anything. One such "regretter" is Walt Heyer, so he speaks from experience when he points out the problem:

Yet gender change pushers in the medical community continue to steer patients toward gender change as the first and only treatment. They don’t look for comorbid disorders in the transgender patient. They don’t consider that by pushing patients toward gender change they are preventing them from being diagnosed and treated for another disorder that, according to this study, is likely to be present in two-thirds of patients. For patients undergoing gender change, this can be a quick trip to suicide. For example, for the ones who suffer from major depressive disorder, when they are not diagnosed and treated for the depression, suicide is a highly likely outcome.

Mr. Heyer goes on to quote a doctor who also questions the current approach to gender dysphoria:

We have so many reports of so-called co-morbid disorders in transsexuals. We need to now ask, do transsexuals have co-morbid disorders or do transsexuals have one disorder (mental illness) with just a fabricated CO-DIAGNOSIS of gender dysphoria?


62.7% of Transgenders Have Untreated Mental Disorders

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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 08:53 AM
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The best treatment is the least invasive, with the fewest side effects and the fewest/least severe adverse outcomes

Treatment doesn't get much more invasive than the current "gender affirming" treatment, which comprises medically induced retardation, castration, mutilation, and sterilization -- to "fix" what isn't "broken."

Beyond those intended effects, the list of reported negative side effects and adverse outcomes is quite long, and quite disturbing. The following was documented after one of these puberty blockers -- Lupron -- was used (also off-label) to treat endometriosis:

In one example of fraudulent data and altered outcomes, Dr. Redwine found the raw data indicated "62.5% of women had not regained baseline estrogen levels one year after stopping Lupron ... This is definitive evidence of long-term damage to ovarian function.... "Since the '90s, reports have accumulated describing young women who, after lupron, experienced premature menopause, ovarian failure, and infertility. Lupron's manufacturer claims in Lupron's label that the Lupron-induced hypoestrogenism (low estrogen) "is reversible on discontinuation of drug therapy."

Other reported negative side effects and adverse outcomes include joint disorders/pain, depression, hypertension, weight changes, hepato-billiary disorders, interstitial lung disease, convulsions, diabetes, heart attack, sudden cardiac death, stroke, colorectal cancer, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

Even more disturbing is the continued off-label use without the necessary and proper clinical medical studies to obtain FDA approval. But most disturbing of all is that FDA refuses to address these problems despite many pleas to do so, and more than enough reason for concern.

The National Women's Health Network (NWHN) "believes that the [FDA] agency should review the safety and efficacy of Lupron® for both its approved and off-label uses. ... a registry should be established to monitor the drug’s effect on women, as well as on any children exposed to Lupron® ... In order to halt this drug from causing damage to even one more woman's health, a concerted effort of women, physicians, health officials, researchers and media is needed. The decision to raise public awareness so that other women could be spared the physical, emotional and financial burdens Lupron causes would truly be in the interest of women’s health around the country. The people who are considering taking Lupron are the ones who have the right to know that they are risking a lifetime of symptoms that may cost them their jobs, spouses, savings and quality of life."

All About Lupron -- What You Don't Know Can Harm You

Doct ors speak out: Lupron and the 'diabolical' push to sterilize, gender-transition confused kids

Evidence based medicine
In the case of "gender affirming" treatment, there is little to no evidence based medicine. There are no long term clinical studies telling us that hormone therapies and puberty blockers are safe. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Regarding puberty blockers specifically:

The research and consulting firm Hayes, Inc. warned that “the literature is too sparse and the studies [that exist are] too limited to suggest conclusions” about safety and effectiveness of using Lupron and other GnRH agonists on healthy children to prevent normal puberty. The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) points out that puberty blockers alter a patient’s body in myriad ways:

In addition to preventing the development of secondary sex characteristics, GnRH agonists arrest bone growth, decrease bone accretion, prevent the sex-steroid dependent organization and maturation of the adolescent brain, and inhibit fertility by preventing the development of gonadal tissue and mature gametes for the duration of treatment.

Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health

There are not even long term studies telling us that transitioning is "the cure".... But there are plenty of trans regretters trying to tell their stories and tell others -- especially kids -- that transitioning is not the answer.

A Letter To Young Trans People

'I'm still a man' says transsexual woman who has a warning for those considering a sex change

30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet

And doctors are also speaking against it. For example:

Let’s be clear. This “affirmative care” that [the UCSF physician] is talking about includes the following:
1. Powerful, dangerous hormones to block kids’ normal puberty.
2. High-dose, high-risk sex hormones with deadly blood clot and cancer risks.
3. Hazardous surgeries for boys to turn the intestine into an imitation vagina while destroying their penis and removing their testicles.
4. Breast binders and mastectomies to destroy teenage girls’ healthy breast tissue, and ovary and uterus removal, ensuring infertility forever.


Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

And, yes, if you're wondering, you did read that right: Medically unnecessary mastectomies are being performed on girls who haven't even outgrown their first training bra yet:

U.S. Doctors Are Performing Double Mastectomies On Healthy 13-Year-Old Girls

Informed consent

It should go without saying that a minor child does not have the mental or emotional capacity to make such a profound and permanently life-altering decision.

It should also go without saying that no one can make an "informed" decision when the information necessary is not known. And especially when Trans Activists are on a rampage against anyone and everyone who dares perform or provide the necessary research to do so. And that is exactly what is happening.

One very recent example is a study conducted to identify and better understand the very sudden and disproportionate increase in young girls claiming to be transgender, known as Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria -- ROGD. Within 48 hours, Trans Activists raised such a stink that the study was withdrawn.

Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria and Squelching Controversial Evidence

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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 08:54 AM
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This intimidation and abuse has become quite an obstacle to valuable and necessary research -- and the researchers:


We are also concerned about the suppression of proper academic analysis and discussion of the social phenomenon of transgenderism, and its multiple causes and effects. Members of our group have experienced campus protests, calls for dismissal in the press, harassment, foiled plots to bring about dismissal, no-platforming, and attempts to censor academic research and publications. Such attacks are out of line with the ordinary reception of critical ideas in the academy, where it is normally accepted that disagreement is reasonable and even productive.

Many of our universities have close links with trans advocacy organisations who provide “training” of academics and management, and who, it is reasonable to suppose, influence university policy through these links. Definitions used by these organisations of what counts as “transphobic” can be dangerously all-encompassing and go well beyond what a reasonable law would describe. They would not withstand academic analysis, and yet their effect is to curtail academic freedom and facilitate the censoring of academic work.

Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues

There are many more examples of research being withheld or not conducted due to Trans Activist bullying here:

Trans Activists’ Campaign Against ‘TERFs’ has Become an Attack on Science

"Gender affirmation" and "gender affirming" treatment isn't "evidence-based medicine." This is gaslighting. And not just the greater public, but the kids and their parents as well.

Parental rights to be informed and to say "no"

Of course, parents cannot make an informed decision when the necessary and appropriate information to make that decision is not available. And of course parents are quite wary of consenting to such drastic and risky medical procedures for their child. But even parents aren't immune to Trans Activist bullying and persecution. When the gaslighting doesn't work, the parents are attacked as hateful transphobes, then emotionally blackmailed and coerced with threats of suicide. While it's true that transgender persons have a significantly higher suicide rate than the general population, the suicide rate is still significantly higher with transition. So transitioning is NOT the end-all-cure-all.

The 41% trans suicide attempt rate: A tale of flawed data and lazy journalists

Nevertheless, kids claiming to be transgender are now being "assisted" not only against their parents' best judgment, but without their knowledge! When my kids were in school, they couldn't even give the students aspirin without parental consent, now they're providing puberty blockers and cross-hormones in defiance of parents!!!

Why parents are losing custody of trans and gender non-conforming kids

Parental Rights: A Casualty of the Transgender Revolution

Now the transgender movement is trampling parental rights

All based on a flawed ideology -- NOT evidence based medicine!!!

And yet, despite a very clear and obvious lack of data and understanding of gender dysphoria, and therefore complete ignorance of the true cause and potential cure, some would force these kids into their dis-ease and refuse them that genuine healing:

NY Passes Bills Banning Conversion Therapy on LGBT Youth, Prohibiting Anti-Trans Discrimination

So no "conversion" therapy. In other words, don't even try to actually fix the real problem.

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I apologize for the length of this thread. I tried to keep it as succinct and focused as possible. But such is the nature of the beast.

I know that most ATSers -- and most people in general -- are happy to let adults live and let live. But we're talking about children here. And what is being forced upon them -- too often against their parents' best judgment! -- is reprehensible and unconscionable. I hope the links and information in this thread helps others understand just what is happening here, and even more important, helps put an end to the abuse. Because that's exactly what this is: child abuse.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.


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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 08:54 AM
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Source Articles and Additional Information

Endocrinologists warn against hormone treatment for childhood gender dysphoria

‘Gender-affi rming’ treatment for confused children has no scientific basis, medical experts warn court

ADF asks court to protect students’ best interest

Psychiatric Axis I Comorbidities among Patients with Gender Dysphoria.

30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet

A Letter To Young Trans People

62.7% of Transgenders Have Untreated Mental Disorders

The Controversial Research on 'Desistance' in Transgender Youth

'I'm still a man' says transsexual woman who has a warning for those considering a sex change

30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet

All About Lupron -- What You Don't Know Can Harm You

Transing California Foster Children & Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

Doct ors speak out: Lupron and the 'diabolical' push to sterilize, gender-transition confused kids

Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health

Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria and Squelching Controversial Evidence

Trans Activists’ Campaign Against ‘TERFs’ has Become an Attack on Science

Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues

The 41% trans suicide attempt rate: A tale of flawed data and lazy journalists

Why parents are losing custody of trans and gender non-conforming kids

Parental Rights: A Casualty of the Transgender Revolution

Now the transgender movement is trampling parental rights

NY Passes Bills Banning Conversion Therapy on LGBT Youth, Prohibiting Anti-Trans Discrimination


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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:08 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea


This is where it is all going. Get them while they are children.

Get to the children's minds and bodies while they are young and weak and suck them into not only acceptance but participation!

150 autistic children given puberty blocker drugs and getting body parts cut off!

www.dailymail.co.uk...




Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.


Older pupils at her school who changed gender ‘groomed’ younger, mainly autistic students to do the same;

One autistic teenager is soon to have a double mastectomy;

Pupils who say they were born the wrong sex mimic transgender YouTube stars Carol believes are partly to blame for convincing vulnerable children they have gender dysphoria.

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edit on Sun Jan 27 2019 by DontTreadOnMe because: trimmed overly long quote and made PARAGRAPHS IMPORTANT: Using Content From Other Websites on ATS


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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:15 AM
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Puberty blockers.

Totally one hundred percent.

Effed up.

That's child abuse.



posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:18 AM
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a reply to: infolurker

Thank you for posting that! Definitely relevant here!!!

It's very alarming that autistic children -- who already have enough on their plate to deal with -- are being targeted and groomed so-to-speak. Especially considering the disproportionate number of autogynephiles, for whom this is all just a sexual fantasy LARP; gender EUphoria as opposed to DYSphoria. And their disproportionate rates of criminal sexual offenses and assaults.

There is no doubt a segment under the Trans umbrella that have an interest in grooming kids for their sexual own perversions.


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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:25 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea


It has a lot to do with self induced genocide to western society. Just think about years ago, we were taught that producing more offspring was a danger to our planet. People either because of financial reasons stopped or slowed down having children.

Now we are being told the same thing, yet the same globalists are telling us we need to import breeders from 3rd world nations because our population isn't keeping up.

They have a goal and they don't care how many lives they ruin/destroy to get there. If people think they care about equality, they are badly mistaken.



posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:28 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea

Time for everyone to pop their head out of the sand. Here are news videos... please watch this to understand where we are going and what they are teaching babies.

SOGI


Transgender Discussions In Kindergarten


'Transgender Toolkit' For Kindergartners


Transgender In Preschool | NPR Ed



posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:32 AM
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a reply to: seeker1963

I think you're right. There are those who want to control and curtail our population growth. Particularly those who might actually think and reason for themselves, and exercise their God-given natural rights.

Much easier to cultivate and control an oppressed and repressed population that will be grateful for whatever scraps are thrown their way.

Us uppity citizens demand too much.



posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:33 AM
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a reply to: infolurker

Thank you for posting -- again.

Every time I think it can't get any worse or any more evil, I find out how wrong I am...


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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:43 AM
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Thank you very much for your very well put together OP! It's fantastic that all the sources are here in this one thread! I hope awareness of this vile cultural shift corrupting our youth spreads to counteract the obvious dangers our children are faced with. This is why if I had kids, the village would NOT be raising them - I see your "village' and I want no part of it, progressives!



posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:43 AM
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originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: infolurker

Thank you for posting -- again.

Every time I think it can't get any worse or any more evil, I find out how wrong I am...


Get Familiar with S.O.G.I.

The Parents are wrong. They are pushing to suspend parental rights to promote it.

This is a war waged against vulnerable children in a captive environment.



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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:48 AM
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It's pretty terrifying imagining the world our grandchildren will be living in.

There is a very clear agenda to dumb down society and keep everyone as ignorant and confused as possible -- for obvious reasons.

And if I have to explain the reason to you, well..

Not only is this just the beginning, but it's just a small part of it. Social media and pop culture also play a significant role.

It wouldn't be hyperbolic to say this is the beginning of the end.

Is it a coincidence Apple's label is a bitten apple?

Sure, if you believe in coincidences of course.

1984 meets a Brave New World.

Welcome to 2019 and beyond.




posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 09:48 AM
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I think maybe the game is to offer us the most twisted options, and see who actually goes along with it. That then shows what stage we are at as a species collectively.
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posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 10:02 AM
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The endocrine society has spoken on this subject....


Yup. And they have allowed any and all opposing voices from equally qualified, experienced and knowledgeable endocrinologists to be bullied into silence.


The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) is an organ of the Endocrine Society. And it is the Endocrine Society which has published clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of gender dysphoria for both adults and children, first in 2009 and then in revised form in 2017. These guidelines—very trans affirmative—were written in conjunction with the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH) which is regarded by objective endocrinologists as a radical political group at its core, but which has infiltrated an otherwise responsible, science-based medical organization.

A group of concerned endocrinologists, under the leadership of California-based Dr Michael Laidlaw, an endocrinologist trained in the study of hormones and glands, who treats diseases caused by hormone imbalances in patients, has written a letter of dissent to the editor of the JCEM, which has been accepted and will be published later this month. In a just-issued press release, Dr. Laidlaw’s group warns of the serious dangers of puberty blocking medications and cross sex hormones in the treatment of child and adolescent gender dysphoria: “Children and adolescents with questions about their gender are increasingly being given life-altering, irreversible hormones and surgery which can lead to increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, life threatening blood clots, permanent sterility, and sexual dysfunction, among other problems,” they state.

Endocrinologists warn against hormone treatment for childhood gender dysphoria

We get it, Kayla... those risks -- and inevitabilities -- are acceptable to you and others. You're good with kids being permanently broken and damaged for your cause. Gotcha. Loud and clear.

They are not acceptable to me or to most people.



posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 10:05 AM
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originally posted by: thegeneraldisarray
Thank you very much for your very well put together OP! It's fantastic that all the sources are here in this one thread! I hope awareness of this vile cultural shift corrupting our youth spreads to counteract the obvious dangers our children are faced with. This is why if I had kids, the village would NOT be raising them - I see your "village' and I want no part of it, progressives!


Thank YOU! I'm very relieved and grateful that it's appreciated. What is happening is absolutely unconscionable, and I don't know what more to do than inform and educate.




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